Sunday, March 30, 2014

A mild front pushed through late yesterday evening. Today they forecast NW mind 14 - 21 with clear skies and temps in the low to mid 70's.

Yesterday the wind was out of the SW with mostly overcast skies. I arrived at the causeway around 10:30, the river had a far amount of whitecaps and Art was heading out. Initially I was going to rig a 7.0 but with typical west wind it had backed down some before I could get my gear out of the trailer. So I opted for the 8.5 on the isonic. That turned out to be the right choice because I was fairly well powered in the light wind and had blazing speed in the gusts. There was a period of about an hour where I could make long runs from the House of Refuge NW to the channel up near the bridge. The water was fairly flat and you could see the gusts working across the water and I had that Rolling Stones song going through my head "here it comes, here it comes". I was getting some amazing speed  and able to do some sweet jibes. Art came in shortly after I went out because the wind had backed down. He wasn't on his 7.5 so I figured he would re-rig. It was quite a while before another sail came out and it was Jeff. We sailed around some and then the wind would back off and fill in so I called it quits. Randy was on the water and Canadian Dave was rigging when I got back.

Friday I watched the wind blow all day and couldn't get down to the causeway fast enough. Dino had sent texts saying they were on 6.5 - 7.5 and Brandon confirmed it shortly after. The wind was out of the south and I was on the water by 6:00pm. The tide was coming in and running pretty hard and the wind was backing down. I rigged a 7.0 on my futura and I felt like I was clawing my way out of a hole and by the time I was 2/3 of the way to the House of Refuge the wind faded out.

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